Stevie’s “Crying In The Night” was the shoulda-been hit from the album that got Mick Fleetwood’s attention and changed the lives of two struggling artists forever.

Out this week, 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault is a collection of tracks Stevie Nicks resurrected from her old demo-tape stash to finally give the full studio treatment. (An accompanying photo exhibit also reveals her to be and early adopter of the “selfie.”) Some of the material on 24 Karat Gold was even written during her pre-Fleetwood Mac ’70s, when Stevie and her equally talented beau Lindsey Buckingham were subsisting on macaroni and cheese and nurturing big dreams of platinum records and sold-out world tours. Dreams that, of course, would come true in due course.


But before they joined up with the Mac, Stevie and Lindsey made one record together at the famed Sound City recording studio: 1973’s Buckingham Nicks. Our favorite track from the record is the infectious “Crying in The Night,” a song that anyone who has spent time in the grip of Rumours can appreciate.

Its lyrics warning of the dangers of obsessive love (“She could come curling ’round you like fingers/But she’ll leave you crying in the night”) are classic Stevie, paired with lush harmonies and bell-ringing guitars from Lindsey and the great Waddy Wachtel. But for reasons unknown, the album—and this utterly catchy power pop song—have never been reissued in digital form; there’s no CD, no download, and certainly no 180-gram vinyl celebrating its greatness.

Even better, this is producer Keith Olsen’s “radio-friendly” remix, with heavier electric guitars brought to the fore, created exclusively for the “Crying in the Night” single—a hit that, inexplicably, never was.